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38 Fantastic Foodie Events Coming to Colorado in February

Stock up on bean-to-bar chocolate, learn how to make a show-stopping lasagna, attend a grilled cheese and beer festival, and much more. Plus: Where to make reservations for Valentine’s Day.

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Call to Arms Dual Release Party | February 1 

The Berkeley brewpub is bidding farewell to #DryJanuary with a party and the release of two new brews: Backwards Pageantry, a Guava session IPA, and Good N You?, an IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Enigma hops. The day-long bash includes BOGO deals on all lagers, including the Ballroom Beer and Shirtless Putin Catchin’ Rays. Menu prices vary; 4526 Tennyson St.

Cultura Chocolate Garage Sale | February 1

Get a sneak peek of the bean-to-bar, Latino-owned chocolatier’s new factoría and café at Rise Westwood (grand opening February 8) and stock up on some of Cultura’s delicious craft creations—discounted up to 90 percent. Bonus: Free hot chocolate with every purchase. Prices vary; 3742 Morrison Rd.; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Eat, Ski, and Be Merry at Frisco Nordic Center  | February 1 

Glide your way around the Frisco peninsula on a snowy candlelit course. Skiers and snowshoers will encounter food, drink, and two bonfires on the 2K loop, and then live music and soup to warm up with at Frisco Adventure Park. $16.50–$65; 18454 CO-9, Frisco; 7-10 p.m. 

Bring Your Own Vinyl Happy Hour at Pizzeria Locale | February 2

Whether your jam is Madonna or David Bowie, bring your favorite record to Pizzeria Locale in Stapleton and the DJ will spin it during this very happy hour. Something Vinyl Club will provide more tunes and a pop-up record shop, while you take advantage of two-for-one beer and wine specials with the purchase of any Neapolitan pie. Menu prices vary; 7505 E. 29th Pl.; 4–6 p.m. 

Smōk Super Bowl Watch Party

The longtime Kansas City Chiefs fan and chef-owner of Smōk will throw a KC-style Super Bowl bash to cheer his team to victory. There will be food and drink specials, including $.50 wings and deals on Boulevard Brewing Co. beers ($2 Boulevard Wheat drafts and and $6 Tank 7 cans), along with raffles to win Chiefs swag. Menu prices vary; the Source Hotel & Market Hall, 3330 Brighton Blvd.; 4–8 p.m.

The Big Game at Ship Tavern | February 2

Whether you’re a Chiefs or 49ers diehard—or simply a fan of pregame spinach artichoke dip—you won’t want to miss this football fête. Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace has every munchie you could want and more for game day, with build-your-own-burger and chicken wing bars, an appetizer station, and deals on specialty cocktails like the Halftime, a mix of bourbon, lemon, and mint. $29 for the all-you-can-eat game day spread (drinks excluded); 321 17th St.; 3:30–11 p.m.  

Dos Luces Speed Dating Event | February 5

Dos Luces, a brewery specializing in South American-inspired, corn- and maguey-based brews, is partnering with the Social: Modern Matchmaking for an evening of speed dating for singles ages 25–45. Participants will chat for five, keeping track of who they want to see again on a card. After the event, you’ll find out who you matched with and local matchmaker Abby Rosenblum will set up your date. $30 (tickets are available here); 1236 S. Broadway; 5–10 p.m.

Craft Beer Malt Varieties Workshop at Briar Common | February 6

Briar Common head brewer Greg Dawson has been having fun with hops for nearly 10 years now, starting on his stovetop in South Korea before co-founding the Jefferson Park brewery in 2013. At this monthly education series, budding beermakers sip on suds while Dawson offers insight into the craft; this edition focuses on the various characteristics of hop and malt varieties, yeast strains, and brewing techniques. Free; 2298 Clay St.; 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Made in L.A.: Genghis Cohen x Big Trouble Bar Takeover | February 7 

Much like how the restaurant’s namesake emperor ruled the Mongol Empire, Genghis Cohen has lorded over the Los Angeles Chinese-food scene for more than three decades. Its Zeppelin Station takeover will include small bites, cocktails, and a setlist of vinyl jams by DJ Neon Brown. Menu prices vary; 3501 Wazee St.; 8–10 p.m.

RiNoval: DCM After Dark | February 8 

Tear up the dance floor at this Carnival-inspired celebration. Curio Bar will offer specialty cocktails and Denver Central Market vendors like Crema Bodega, Vero Pizza, and Culture Meat & Cheese will sport special off-menu dishes. Your ticket includes a glass of Champagne, a festive mask, and a $5 donation to the World Wildlife Fund of Australia. $15; 2669 Larimer St.; 10 p.m.–1 a.m.  

WeldWorks Invitational Tickets Go On Sale | February 8 

This epic summer brew fest may not be until June 20, but there’s a reason tickets go on sale so far in advance. Nearly 50 of the country’s top craft breweries will gather in Greeley to showcase their most memorable specialty suds of the year, from sours and New England IPAs to mead and barrel-aged brews. $100 (get your tickets here); Doubletree by Hilton at Lincoln Park, 919 7th St; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.

Roots to Ranches Dinner Series | February 6, 13, 20 

Chef Elise Wiggins of Cattivella grew up hunting game with her father in northern Louisiana. Now, her new PBS series, Roots to Ranches, will air at the restaurant on Thursdays in February and March. Watch it together and you’ll have the chance to order a menu item inspired by dishes and ingredients used on the show. Menu prices vary (call 303-645-3779 for reservations); 10195 E. 29th Ave.; 8 p.m. 

Lasagna-Making Class at Quality Italian | February 9 

James Beard Award-nominated chef-owners Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli will guide you through the steps to making their gorgeous rolled lasagna in this workshop, from rolling the dough to building the pasta masterpiece, all while you sip on specialty wines. Following the class, guests will enjoy a meal of the lasagna and a few additional dishes from the restaurant’s menu, and leave with dough and a William Sonoma dish so you can make your own iteration at home. $75 or $150 for two (call 303-532-8888 for reservations); 241 Columbine St.; 4–6:30 p.m. 

National Pizza Day Pairing at Gattara | February 9 

Treat yourself to an ultra-luxe National Pizza Day affair, featuring two glasses of sought-after Opus One vino and a pie made with Gattara’s Great Divide-beer-infused crust, topped with a white wine cream sauce, fontina, arugula, and ribeye carpaccio. Shaved black truffles, black truffle aioli, and Argumato EVOO crown the masterpiece. $100; 1776 Grant St.; 5:30–10 p.m.   

Valentine’s Day at Fooducopia | February 12–15

Take your special date night to the next level with chef Richard Glover’s six-course prix-fixe supper. Crab bisque; smoked salmon tartare; and pistachio-crusted lamb rack are among the anticipated dishes on the menu. Don’t miss the chocolate fondue with homemade marshmallows, fresh fruit, and flourless chocolate torte for dessert. $59 (call 303-722-7838 for reservations); 1939 E. Kentucky Ave.

Barolo Maker Wine Dinner at Attimo | February 13

Did you hear? Denver breakfast whiz Jon Schlegel of Snooze opened a beautiful winery on Larimer Street, where he serves more than 10 Italian varieties from grapes grown on and near his two-acre farm in Piedmont, Italy, alongside light bites. On February 13, Barolo winemaker Simone Scaletta will there to co-host a multi-course pairing dinner. $75 (call 720-287-4988 for reservations); 2246 Larimer St.; 5:30 p.m.

Ratio Beerworks Five Year Anniversary Weekend | February 13–16

Ratio Beerworks is throwing a punk-rock rager for its fifth anniversary, with performances from bands like Joyce Manor, Junior Drag, and Major Sports (with Ratio’s own Chip Dziedzic). Other highlights include the limited release of the brewery’s Carrot Elderflower Saison. Prices vary; 2920 Larimer St.; times vary

Valentine’s Day at the Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar | February 13–15 

Pair V-Day-themed sips like the Cupid’s Kiss—Rittenhouse Rye, Luxardo Maraschino, Kahlua, and cream—with a three-course meal of duck l’orange for two, arugula-beet salad, and gold-dusted Champagne cake. $60 (excludes drinks; call 303-825-6500 for reservations); 1401 Curtis St.; 4–6:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Day at Zolo Grill | February 13–15 

Zolo Grill’s festive menu gives couples the option to customize their own three-course meal with dishes such as seared ancho duck breast, chile-charred ahi tuna, and Maine crab fry bread. Complement your spread with cocktails like a blood orange margarita. Menu prices vary; 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; the menu is available during the restaurant’s regular business hours.

Valentine’s Day at Panzano | February 14

Settle into a four-course prix fixe of Northern Italian specialties, from a winter vegetable insalata and lobster ravioli to your choice of veal osso bucco or Arctic char. End your feast with a chocolate cream tart with cherry compote and amaretto gelato. $75 (make reservations here);  909 17th St.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Buffet Extravaganza at Stargazer | February 14

Stargazer Fine Chocolates and Coffee will host the sweetest all-you-can-eat buffet at its boutique. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat selection of chocolate-dipped items, truffles, pastries, and hot chocolate; sip on wine (for 20% off); and groove to live music. $45 (make your reservation here); 700 N. Colorado Blvd.; 7–9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day at Le Bilboquet | February 14

If you can’t make it to Paris this V-Day, say je t’aime to the one you adore with a three-course prix-fixe meal and specialty cocktails at Le Bilboquet. Choose from entrées like the restaurant’s signature Cajun chicken, sablefish à la plancha, and seared duck and save room for decadent desserts like chocolate mousse. $85 (make reservations here); 299 St. Paul St.; 5–11 p.m. 

White Pie’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner | February 14 

For those who think Valentine’s Day is nothing more than a Hallmark holiday, the team at White Pie hear you. To satisfy your cold-hearted cravings, take yourself out for something a little less pink and red, like the New Haven-style pizza joint’s Black Pie—a delicious combo of crème fraîche, mozzarella, bacon, cremini mushrooms, garlic, and a sunnyside-up egg—and the Death by Calamari’s beer-battered squid with lemon caper aioli and blood orange gastrique. Menu prices vary; 1702 N. Humboldt St.; 5–10 p.m.

Sweet Cooie’s Turns Three | February 14 

Ice cream giant Paul Tamburello affectionately named his second Denver sweet shop after his mother, Cooie, and opened it on Valentine’s Day, no less. In celebration of the Congress Park scoop shop’s third anniversary, dessert aficionados can indulge in treats from the aphrodisiac sundae bar, along with chocolate-dipped strawberries and handmade truffles, all accompanied by sounds from the Shawntae Atenzia’s jazz trio. Prices vary; 3506 E. 12th Ave.; 7:30–10 p.m. 

Valentine’s Day at Sugarfire Westy | February 14 

Spend the most romantic day of the year at Sugarfire Westy, where chef Joe Troupe is offering smoked-in-house sirloin with butter poached shrimp, with your choice of apple, key lime, Mississippi, pecan or the signature Sugarfire pie. $26 for singles; $50 for two; 14375 Orchard Pkwy., Westminster

Valentine’s Day at Oak at Fourteenth | February 14 

A four-course tasting menu of small plates awaits at Oak in Boulder, complete with River Bear grilled beef tenderloin, mortadella toast, oysters, Alaskan king crab gnocchi, and dark chocolate torte. $85 with optional beverage pairing (call 303-444-3622 for reservations); 1400 Pearl St., Boulder

Heart-Shaped Pizzas at Mici Handcrafted Italian | February 14 

The pizzas at this Italian restaurant are always made with love, but on Valentine’s Day, the kitchen will craft heart-shaped pies for you to enjoy with a bottle of wine.  There’s also almond Florentine, pignoli cookies, and gelato for dessert. Pizzas are also available for carry-out and delivery. Menu prices vary; available all day at Mici locations in Denver, Highlands Ranch, Stapleton, Lafayette, and Parker 

WhiskeyGrams from State-38 Distilling | February 14 

Send your beloved what they really want: a bottle of whiskey. Choose from State-38’s Scottish Peat or Colorado Bourbon and craft a personalized message for the spirits lover in your life; they’ll receive a note to pick up the bottle from the distillery at their convenience and enjoy a complimentary tasting when they do. Email state38whiskeygram@gmail.com to place an order; 400 Corporate Circle, Ste. B, Golden

Valentine’s Day at Charcoal Bistro | February 14

Show your bae how much you love them with a four-course affair at Charcoal Bistro. Start with the green pea and ham soup; then savor the house-cured wild king salmon; and choose from a boeuf bourguignon with braised short ribs or seafood fra diavolo with scallops, shrimp, and clams. For dessert, dig into a raspberry napoleon or chocolate peanut butter bombe. $65; 1028 S. Gaylord St. (call 303-953-8718 for reservations); 5–9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day at Spanky’s Roadhouse| February 14 

There’s a special for every relationship status at Spanky’s. Share a $28 surf-and-turf plate of flatiron steak, jumbo shrimp, mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus, or throw back a few $4 specialty shots like the Cry Me a River blue curacao concoction, Single Ladies pink lemonade shot, or No Scrubs red spiced whiskey. Menu prices vary; 1800 E. Evans Ave.

Valentine’s Day at Seedstock Brewery | February 14

Alma Kitchen and Catering and Seedstock Brewery are teaming up to offer a beer and cheese pairing experience, featuring four cheese courses with house-made accoutrements (like Seedstock spent-grain crackers, mustard, and pickled veggies) and sips of the West Colfax taproom’s Eastern European-style brews. $20; 3610 W. Colfax Ave.; 6–8 p.m.

Mister Tuna Pop-Up | February 14–15

Chef Troy Guard closed his Brighton Boulevard restaurant Mister Tuna four months ago, but the hotspot will return for just two evenings to serve a four-course, prix-fixe menu of its greatest hits. Don’t miss Guard’s Yukon gold gnocchi, crispy East Coast oysters, and grilled Hawaiian ono. $65; Commissary event space, 3033 Brighton Blvd. 

Valentine’s Day at Salt | February 14–16 

Salt owners Bradford Heap and Carole Vilate and chef Roy Benningfield show their love for the Colorado community and the planet through this holiday weekend menu that highlights GMO-free and humanely-raised ingredients. The frisée salad has poached egg from Rogue Farms’ flock and brioche toast is topped with roasted mushrooms from Fort Collins’ Hazel Dell. $65 with optional wine pairings (call 303-444-7258 for reservations); 1047 Pearl St., Boulder

Valentine’s Day at Edge Restaurant and Bar | February 14–16 

Dig into a four-course affair with specialties such as the Dungeness crab with pomelo, pomegranate, and fennel; heirloom beet tartlet with honey, citrus, pistachio, and goat cheese; and coffee-rubbed wagyu filet with chocolate stout au jus. $85 with optional wine pairing (call 303-389-3050 for reservations); the Four Seasons Hotel, 1111 14th St. 

Thrice French Punk Pop-Up at the Dairy Block | February 14–16, 21–22, 28–29 

Take a deep dive into the ’70s punk subculture that celebrated resistance, anti-gate, anti-violence, and much more for three weekends at the Dairy Block. Highlights include a Run for the Roses pop-up bar, an Un-Valentine’s Drag Show, and French Punk-themed drag brunches by chef Kelly Whitaker—all to the soundtrack of live music and DJ sets. Proceed benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Check the website for a complete schedule of events; 1800 Wazee St.

Mile High Grilled Cheese and Beer Festival | February 15 

If your idea of a grilled cheese sandwich is a Kraft single between two slices of white bread, this anything-but-bland bash will introduce you to a swath of elevated cheesy goodness. Sink your teeth into a bounty of iterations of the gooey dish from restaurants like Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House and Cheese Love Grill. Festival-goers can pair their sandwiches with more than 50 beers, including pints from Crazy Mountain and Mockery breweries. $59–$99; Runway 35, 8863 E. 47th Ave.; 12–3:30 p.m. and 4:30–8 p.m.

Ales, Apps, and Barrels of Fun | February 20 

If you’ve dreamed of exploring a museum after hours, this thrilling adults-only experience at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus will help you check that item off your bucket list. Play giant Jenga, build a toy boat, film a stop-motion movie, and create giant bubbles. Quench your thirst with libations from local producers like Horse and Dragon Brewing and Colorado Plus 49 Cidery, and fuel up with hors d’oeuvres and desserts. $40; 2121 Children’s Museum Dr.; 7–10 p.m. 

Denver Restaurant Week | February 21–March 1

For 10 tasty days, more than 200 area restaurants will offer special multi-course menus priced at $25, $35, and $45. Check out the menus online, and be sure to make reservations in advance. Participating eateries include ChoLon, Ace Eat Serve, Bistro Vendôme, and many more. 

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